Caring for Kids’ Teeth & Gums

Posted on Friday, February 10th, 2012

  Long ago and far away, there was a radio drama called This Is Your FBI. J. Edgar Hoover called it “the finest dramatic program on the air.” Typically, its intro stressed “the current crime wave” or the excellence of the FBI – sometimes both together. Did no one stop to ask the obvious: If […]


On That Proverbial Spoonful of Sugar

Posted on Friday, January 13th, 2012

First, there were the lollipops. Then there were the mints. Then came the gummy bears. And now, presenting the next greatest cavity-fighter ever: ice cream! Not just any old ice cream, though. Super special probiotic ice cream. The researchers chose ice cream for this study because of its universal appeal, particularly among children. The probiotic […]


Drill-Happy Dentistry?

Posted on Friday, December 9th, 2011

  Over the past several years, there’s been a growing awareness of overmedicalization and overtreatment within the medical establishment. While there are certainly many people who suffer from lack of access to health services, too much medicine is perhaps an even bigger problem. If Americans would stop thinking of certain problems in a medical context, […]


Caffeine Zombie Cavities

Posted on Monday, November 21st, 2011

Sound a little famil’?:     Now that we’re barreling into the holiday season, it’s not hard to guzzle even more of the stuff – a quick, reliable buzz to help keep you shopping, cooking, traveling, visiting and attending to all the other activities we do so much more of at this time of year. […]


You Don’t Need Teeth to Be Cavity-Prone

Posted on Monday, August 29th, 2011

Yep! Really. New research has documented hundreds of bacterial species in the saliva of infants, including the microbes that biofilm and lead to decay. As the Dental Tribune recently reported, US researchers have found evidence of bacteria associated with early childhood caries in the saliva of infants with no teeth. Their findings suggest that infection […]


Antibiotics & Asthma, Asthma & Cavities, & Other News of Note

Posted on Friday, January 14th, 2011

Antibiotic Use in Infancy May Increase Risk of Childhood Asthma (PhysOrg) Children who receive antibiotics within the first six months of life are at a significantly increased risk of developing asthma and allergies by 6 years of age, even without a genetic predisposition, new research by the Yale School of Public Health suggests. The findings […]


Exercise’s Benefits for Seniors & Other News of Note

Posted on Friday, October 1st, 2010

Lifelong Exercising Yields Sensational Results (ScienceDaily) Senior active skiers have twice the oxygen-uptake capacity of seniors who do not exercise. This is shown in new research at Mid Sweden University. “The findings show that humans have a great potential to maintain a high level of physical work capacity and thereby better quality of life even […]


More Medicine ≠ Better Medicine, More Dentistry ≠ Better Dentistry

Posted on Friday, July 9th, 2010

Regular readers know that one of our ongoing pet peeves is the idea that more medicine is always better medicine. As Melody Petersen, author of Our Daily Meds put it in a recent interview on AlterNet, “Many Americans don’t understand that all of health care has risks and that too much of it can actually […]


Effects of Too Many Dental X-Rays & Other News of Note

Posted on Monday, July 5th, 2010

Dental X-Ray Link to Thyroid Cancer (Telegraph) In a study of 313 cancer patients, scientists from Brighton, Cambridge and Kuwait found the chances of developing cancer rose with increasing numbers of dental X-rays. The researchers said the idea that dental radiography is absolutely safe merits further examination due to their findings. They argued that their […]



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